Category: Writing A Book

Writing a book: 3 things that can leave your book project twisting slowly in the wind

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My friend, Bill, just made an important decision. He’s been working for about a year on a book that he intended to help boost his business and reputation. Lately though, his business has taken off without the book, and Bill faced a choice. He put it to me this way: “I figured that there was my business, my family, my  »  Read More

Writing a Book: Learning about storytelling from Chip Bell

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I learned about Chip Bell’s new book when a kaleidoscope showed up in my mailbox. Chip sent it to me to help promote the release of his new book by the same name. This is Chip’s twenty-second book and it’s the third one in a string about customer service. The first of the string was 9 ½ Principles of Innovative  »  Read More

Advice from the Masters: Tim Harford

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Tim Harford is the Undercover Economist because that was the title of his first book. I didn’t read it. The book he wrote that caught my eye is Adapt and it was the subtitle that won my heart: “Why success always starts with failure.” Ain’t that the truth? It is for me. I loved his most recent book, Messy. You can  »  Read More

Writing a Book: The Joys of Collaboration

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I wrote my first book in 1972. It was a contract work, so my name didn’t appear on the cover. It was about a practical subject: budgeting for first-line supervisors. After that I wrote several more books, and I wrote them all by myself. It wasn’t until the mid-90s that I wrote my first book with another person. Jeff  »  Read More

Advice from the Masters: Jim Collins

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Jim Collins has written some of the most popular and influential business books of the last two decades. My personal favorite is Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck–Why Some Thrive Despite Them All, which he wrote with Morten Hansen. Here’s an excerpt from “Jim Collins on the Writing Process” which is  »  Read More

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